The aftermath of 9/11

FILE PHOTO: Flowers cover the names of victims of  September 11 at the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York

No ‘Phoenix from the ashes,’

they were birds of steel,

filled with hateful intentions:

two objects aimed to kill.


Long after eulogies were said:

guilt, anguish, recriminations soundly put to bed…

cherished memories floated on battered minds

that lifted the spirits and a kind


of healing process then began,

Dry-eyed, the well was spent –

a funny limerick was found…

a loving note he meant to send.


A breeze-borne waft of jasmine –

and she is there –

a burnished copper leaf

reminds you of her hair


A favourite walk, café, a tune…

memories held so dear.

You pray that time will not prune

too much and leave the futile fear

that one day the memory of their

earthly presence will all but disappear.


But fear not –

for while you still live,

in your heart loved ones live on too

and will always: forever, be a part of you.


© Joy Lennick 2018

Picture copyright: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo


15 thoughts on “The aftermath of 9/11

  1. Tandy | Lavender and Lime 11/09/2018 / 9:05 am

    I still know exactly where I was that day and how I felt, wondering if my family were safe! Very poignant poem.

  2. joylennick 11/09/2018 / 7:34 pm

    Thank you, Heather. Are you writing anything special at present? (Although your writing is special anyway…)I keep trying….to get on with my serious novel?! Best wishes. x

  3. joylennick 13/09/2018 / 7:27 am

    Huge thanks, as ever Sally.You deserve a BREAK! I must also ration my busy media presence if I’m ever going to finish my present book….but you’re a PHENOMENON! HUGS X.

  4. Dorinda Duclos 13/09/2018 / 8:50 pm

    A horrible day and yet we came together as a country undivided. I hope we can see that again one day soon. A beautiful tribute. 💕

  5. Bette A. Stevens 29/09/2018 / 9:09 pm

    Beautiful, Joy… A day of great sorrow remembering so many loved ones in such a hopeful way. Sharing…

  6. joylennick 05/10/2018 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Bette.There are too many tragic events in the world, sad to say. Wish there were more uplifting ones. We can only live in hope and appreciate each day. x.

  7. ellenbest24 06/10/2018 / 7:43 pm

    I felt what you were feeling that awful day. You done it proud. X

  8. joylennick 06/10/2018 / 10:16 pm

    Thank you. It was heart-breaking to watch it happening. x

  9. D. Wallace Peach 15/02/2019 / 5:38 pm

    9/11 had such a profound impact on me and ultimately made me evaluate my path and make drastic changes. The national and personal trauma persists. A beautiful poem, Joy, of peace and comfort. ❤

  10. joylennick 15/02/2019 / 5:52 pm

    Thank you Diane. Some tragic events – and for me, what happened as I watched it unfold on TV ,almost tore me up internally – mere words seemed insufficient to express what I felt, but I did my best. x

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